FairWarning: Chemically tainted fish imports reaching U.S.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
In a sobering sign that the world marketplace is fraught with potential consumer risks, tons of fish tainted by chemicals — including some that are cancer-causing — have started showing up in the U.S.
The consumer-protection website FairWarning has published a report detailing how several states have discovered tainted fish imports. In Alabama, three American importers pleaded guilty to felony counts of mislabeling fish and other seafood. One state official said that up to 40% of all the imported fish to his state tested positive to banned drugs that are unsafe for human consumption.
FairWarning said a critical Government Accountability Office audit released in April found that the Food and Drug Administration’s inspection system is so haphazard in inspecting imported fish and seafood — screening less than 1 percent of what comes in — that fish tainted with potentially harmful drugs may be landing on dinner plates in the U.S., where more than 80 percent of the fish Americans eat is imported from other countries.